Delhi-London BA flight gets delayed by 13 hours
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 23:22
New Delhi: A British Airways plane to London from here was delayed by about 13 hours after it had to make an unscheduled stop at Baku airport in Azerbaijan due to an onboard medical emergency.

The flight, BA-142, left New Delhi for London at 3.30 AM yesterday and was scheduled to reach London's Heathrow airport at 7 AM local time (1230 IST).

But the flight had to make an unscheduled stop at Baku airport in Azerbaijan after a woman passenger reported sick, an official said today.

The flight was further delayed when authorities at Baku did not permit the flight to leave without the sick passenger, who did not had a valid visa, while the pilot was reluctant to take off with a sick passenger on board.

Finally, the flight left Baku airport after over six hours of stay in the Azerbaijan capital.

Then the flight was diverted to Istanbul for change of crew, where harassed passengers were given food or water at Istanbul airport. The crew change was necessitated due to the Flight Duty Time Limitation which bars crew to operate an aircraft after they have completed a particular number of hours in flight.

After a brief halt at Istanbul, the flight finally left for London's Heathrow to land after a delay of about 13 hours. While its arrival at Heathrow was scheduled at 7 AM local time, it arrived at 7.40 PM.

A British Airways spokesperson has apologised to its customers for the delay to their flight.

"The flight made its onward journey again as soon as it was practicably possible and we are extremely sorry for the inconvenience that our customers faced. We hope that they appreciate that customer safety will always be our highest priority," the spokesperson said in a statement.


First Published: Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 23:22

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